BULLETIN

Bulletin No:       153                          Volume:  22                Wednesday 31 August 2016

CFA DATA REVEALS RESPONSE TIME CRISIS

Yesterday the UFU appeared before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fire Season Preparedness and presented evidence consisting  of the CFA’s own Data which highlights the need for the additional firefighters in the proposed EBA.

The Data the UFU has obtained is for 43 volunteer brigades for the period January 1st 2015 – January 1st 2016. It shows many Volunteer Brigades are not meeting CFA Service Delivery Standards particularly when it comes to incidents in the Medium Urban Hazard Class.

The UFU is not in any way trying to denigrate the role of volunteer firefighters by releasing this data. We do however believe that the reality of the situation facing many regional communities and much of outer metropolitan Melbourne needs to be revealed to the public.

The simple fact is that when there is an incident in a medium urban area (which are defined by the CFA as “significant urban areas, primarily residential areas involving, commercial centres, clusters of industrial and /or institutional hazards”) many brigades are consistently failing to meet the 8 minute service delivery standard which is designed to ensure the protection of life and property.

The data reveals alarming examples of services failures. The Warrandyte Brigade failed to meet this target for medium urban incidents 80% of the time. Lara Brigade failed to meet these standards 81% of the time, arriving on time to 19 of 98 incidents they attended as the primary brigade in 2015/16.

The increase in numbers in the CFA EBA is vital to ensure that Integrated Stations can ensure that Service Delivery Standards in their supporting areas are met.

Members can view yesterday’s presentation here.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary